Simon Moya-Smith

Denver born. L.A. raised. South Brooklyn. Culture Editor @IndianCountry. @CNN contributor. Former @NBCNews, @MTV, & @DenverPost. Chicano/Oglala.

https://itun.es/us/sRksib

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Well, there it is, folks: I accepted a book deal earlier today. Working title? Stay tuned. And how the living hell do I cheers all that word-nerd narrative jazz? Hot damn, a roaring fire and Tom Waits blaring in the background of-fucking-course.

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Read it. Dug it. Endorsed it. "As We Have Always Done" by Leeanne Betasamosake Simpson.

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"But we're honoring you ..." #NotYourMascot

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Museum literature stuffed in pocket? Check. Instagram at the ready? Check. Centuries-old paintings that demonstrate the consequence of aggressive settler colonialism? Priceless.

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Rock/alternative band, Eudea. Photo circa 2006, I believe. From left, Josh (mandolin), Joe (drums), Pablo (guitar), Chris (guitar), yours truly (vocals/lyrics), and Wes (bass). #tbt #Denver #LocalMusic

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Preparing to watch #GameofThrones7 and then there's this stupid shit. Again.

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My latest. An excerpt from "Moya-Smith: D.C.’s Nasty Underbelly, And, Yes, Trumpcare Will Kill Natives": "The Fourth has come, but not quite gone. More than a week later, the stench of old, rotting food and backwash boiling in beer cans fill the air…I sat down with a producer at NPR the other day at Roofers Union on 18th St., and we discussed coverage and police brutality and racist Indian mascots. But I don’t want talk about that now. I want to watch the man with sunburnt shoulders in an American flag hat, muscle shirt, and pants, and wonder: Is he wearing red, white, and blue whitey tighties? What about thongs and G-strings made to resemble the American flag? Is it unpatriotic to ram a red, white, and blue flag up the crack of your ass? Or is just good ol’ ‘Merican patriotism? I’ve never owned a thong myself, but on Independence Day or President’s Day or even Columbus Day, for that matter, it just seems poetic to link pricks and assholes and flags." (Illustration by @getoutkay). Read the piece on Indian Country Media Network: buff.ly/2uqUaPL

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Noooooo!

I love @gameofthrones.

I loathe grammatical errors. Especially bookstore grammatical errors.

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@getoutkay, the illustrator, illustrated me saving her after a night of painting the town. Not pictured, a crabby cabby having none of it: "No, no, no!" he shouted. I held my foot in the car as he revved the engine, threatening to pull away. Alas, with foot still attached to body, she got home safely. Take care of each other, folks. Always.

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While white men were declaring independence from white men, Natives were being slaughtered in the name of God, greed. bit.ly/2tIZRYp #independenceday #fourthofjuly (graphic courtesy @mic).

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The Declaration of Independence explicitly refers to Natives as "merciless Indian savages." bit.ly/2tIZRYp #independenceday #fourthofjuly (graphic coutesy @mic).

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Speaking on a panel yesterday about Native twitter, Native journalism & Native rights are human rights; moderated by Koja Nnamdi @kojoshow. And yes, I roll up my pants. Hot AF out here.

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Tulsa. American Indian Chamber of Commerce. I spoke about police brutality in Indian country, dehumanization, trauma, journalism, and how to rage against bullshit and lies. Wopila y gracias for having me, folks. (Photos courtesy of Jennifer Hubbard and Melissa Lewis.)

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Pierced eyebrow. Spike cut. 16-year-old Simon. #tbt

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My 80-year-old grandpa has learned how to text. Oralé. 😎

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‪"California ... beautiful.." Wait ... wut?

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B/c typewriters.
Subversive poems.
To hell w/ this bastard.
Enjoy.
-S.

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Don't worry. I washed my hands.

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Tune in tonight, folks. #UnitedShades on @CNN. It's the Native episode. Damn fine work. And, as @wkamaubell requests, read my piece. It's a humdinger.

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Natives take the mic in the next episode of #UnitedShades on @cnn w/ @wkamaubell, and damn is it wonderfully raw. Tune in Sunday, May 14. And here's my piece on the episode: bit.ly/2q6tssX

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Watching the @capitals and then I see this guy wearing this shirt. Yessss! #FireDanSnyder #NotYourMascot

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Tonight in NYC, we Native journalists take the mic in the building Pulitzer built (on stolen land). Respond. Resist. Write.

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My mom couldn't afford to buy me a roach, so I stood out like a kid in a white bandana wearing his hand-me-down grass dance regalia and no roachie-mochie. She did her best. #tbt

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I asked the room full of broadcasters and editors and producers, many from mainstream news, if they could name me ONE Native American pundit or commentator they have in their newsroom ... *crickets.

This needs to change.

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Meh, he'll grow into it. #pupstagram

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New single, "Purge," now available on @itunes and @Spotify. Music composed by Chris Bedan. Lyrics and vocals by the naked guy in this image. Purge - Single by Simon Moya-Smith & Chris Bedan
https://itun.es/us/sRksib

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Spoke today at the @uofarizona_ about meeting bullshit and lies with serious wisdom, using social media as a means to thrust the Native American voice into the narrow social consciousness. Thx to the students who voted me to be their speaker, and thx, @atsosiemahieu, for this photo.

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She'll be alright.

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"Purge" on @iTunes coming soon. Single/jacket cover leak. (Didn't have a tube sock .. or did I?)

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